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Sharing my life as a mature student

I've been thinking of starting a blog to share my experiences of being a mature student for a while now, and as much as I'm no longer trading as a hair and makeup artist , my website is still fully paid up for the next few months, so I thought I would use the space I have for now while I figure things out! There are also other posts in my blog sharing images from shoots and what I think is some useful information about hair and makeup in general, so please feel free to check that content out and also check out the amazing suppliers I've had the opportunity to work with!

I thought I would use this first post to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me, and to set out my intentions for my little corner of the internet. I realise that blogs are potentially a bit out of date now, so down the line I might consider creating a podcast, or just record the audio of the text set out in my posts so if you prefer to consume content that way you can, but for now, this is the medium I prefer to use to communicate so that’s what I’m doing!

So what are the basics, who am I and what am I doing with my life?

Well, I’m Mazz, I’m 26 (for the next few weeks anyway!) and I’m a mature student who returned to education because I had to close my business during the pandemic, and I’m in the process of moving from Sheffield to Aberdeen with my husband. In September 2020 I started an Access course (Access to Higher Education, Science) with The Sheffield College, and in September I will be going to The University of Aberdeen to study Ecology…assuming I get the grades. Glasgow is quite the commute if I don’t!

I’ve come across various blogs and vlogs aimed at younger, first time students, but I’ve not really come across any by mature students, or those who have already been to university to study a COMPLETELY different subject, and are now studying something else. I originally trained as a classical singer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from September 2013- December 2015, and left to train as a hair and makeup artist at the Iver Makeup Academy. Since graduating from Iver, I was a professional Hair and Makeup artist until I closed my business in February of this year (the reasons for which I closed my business will be getting their own whole blog post another time).

Going back to university now, I have a very different set of priorities than I did when I was 19, and I want this to be a space where I can share my experiences with others who may be going through a similar experience, even just so you know you’re not alone. I have only been into college twice this academic year, so I haven’t actually met many of my course mates, which is incredibly isolating, and I know I can’t be the only person in this position.

I’m currently coming to the end of my access course, and we are getting the keys to our flat in Aberdeen next week, so I thought this would be a good point to start sharing my experiences from, recapping through the course and how I’ve got to this point, and starting the next chapter of my life.

Mazz x

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